Original X-Men Member Comes Out As Gay In New Marvel Comic

x-menWarning: Spoilers ahead for All-New X-Men #40, on sale tomorrow.

In this week’s All-New X-Men #40, writer Brian Michael Bendis will finish out his run on the series with a finale that promises to have lasting ramifications for one of the original X-Men...and leave fans talking.

Bobby Drake, the X-Man known as Iceman, outs himself as a homosexual in the issue, which hits shops on Wednesday, according to pages which have leaked online.

The revelation comes in a conversation with Jean Grey, during which Bobby is exasperated that his older self doesn’t seem to be gay. Bobby has historically dated women, including a relationship with fellow X-Man Kitty Pryde.

Bobby suggests that he could be bi -- a distinction Jean agrees with, adding the qualifier that she thinks he’s “more...full gay.” Bobby also suggests that perhaps his older self simply had never come out because he couldn’t handle being a mutant as well as gay, the implication seemingly being that a trip to the “future” is enough for the younger Bobby to feel open with himself.

With the public face of race relations seemingly taking on a less overtly hostile nature in the United States, the X-Men’s long-standing narrative metaphor of discrimination and segregation has largely been transferred from being a metaphor about people of color to being a metaphor about LGBT people in recent years.

All-New X-Men #40 hits the stands on Wednesday in comic shops and digitally on Marvel.com and comiXology.

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    • LocalMan
    • 46 Posts in 23 Months

    Why do they have to change established characters for the sake of "political correctness?"  If they want a gay character, make a NEW gay character.  If you want a more diverse group, make NEW diverse characters.  Don't screw up existing characters who have existed for decades.  That throws out aspects of their character that have existed for all those decades.

  1. LocalMan said ... (original post)

    Why do they have to change established characters for the sake of "political correctness?"  If they want a gay character, make a NEW gay character.  If you want a more diverse group, make NEW diverse characters.  Don't screw up existing characters who have existed for decades.  That throws out aspects of their character that have existed for all those decades.

    Why don't you go back and check the last 400 times that somebody has started one of these threads with "Why do they have to...?" You should find all the arguments there without us having to sit through it all again.

  2. It does correspond with real life, where sometimes people you totally thought were straight suddenly come out - and it brings up all the outrage of them screwing up your previous perception of them. It happens, and people gotta deal with it.

    Coming up with new characters just for the sake of their sexuality seems a bit silly, the marvel universe is full of already existing people, statistically some of them are bound to be gay, and I'm sure the writers put quite a thought in the plausibility of it in the particular character.

    • MeowMix
    • 1 Posts in 16 Months

    It's not Political correctness dumbass..... it's them attempting to cater to different audiences. You know... get MORE business!!! OMG why would they do that?????? WHO CARES????

  3. Completely ridiculous.  Well that's the last X-Men comic I ever read.  

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